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Roaring Fork Watershed Plan

The original Roaring Fork Watershed Plan is the product of over four years of effort by more than a hundred people, representing dozens of agencies, governments, and interests throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. The Plan is the culmination of countless meetings, conversations, debates, and iterations, all of them aimed at creating a document that will be meaningful and useful to both water managers and the general public.  

In 2018, with funding from Pitkin County Healthy Rivers Board, RFC and Ruedi Water and Power Authority (RWAPA) brought many entities from the original group together at a Watershed Summit to discuss individual and collective achievements from the Plan, and create momentum for the future. An Executive Summary and Update were published in 2019.  Each entity involved in the plan has received a "Quick Guide" that highlights actions they have committed to participating in now, or in the future.  In addition, the Roaring Fork Watershed Interactive Tool provides a one stop shop to learn about all aspects of the watershed, including the Plan.

Why do we need a Watershed Plan? Water is one of our most precious natural resources and one which can readily be physically removed from the watershed by transmountain diversion. Local water resources are also threatened by global climate change, pollution from both natural and man-made sources and overuse.


Benefits of a Watershed Plan

  • A structure for continued input from and dialogue between all stakeholders 
  • Improved community understanding, interest, and leadership in watershed issues. 
  • Encouragement of partnerships to identify and fund mutually beneficial projects. 
  • Efficient use of financial resources and effective use of agency and organizational personnel. 
  • Protection of riparian and aquatic resources 
  • Provides available watershed information and data to all stakeholders 
  • Collaboration on applications for major grants 
  • Collaboration on public outreach and education efforts 
  • Provides a mechanism to transfer information



2008 State of Roaring Fork Watershed Report 

2008 Phase II Guidance Document: Why the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Matters

2010 Phase II Guidance Document: Illuminating the Way Ahead

2011 Fostering Implementation of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Report

2011 Fostering Implementation of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan, Presentation

2011 Front Range Water Supply Planning Update

2012 Opportunities for Water Conservation Report


Additional Roaring Fork Watershed Documents & Publications 

Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Purpose:
To plan for and work toward an environmentally and economically healthy watershed that benefits all who have a stake in it.

Sponsor: Ruedi Water & Power Authority
Lead Consultant: Roaring Fork Conservancy



Read the 2019 Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Update
Executive Summary

'Eddy' is His Name - Watershed Plan Branding

Plan Brand

Diane Schwener of Schwener Design Group worked with Watershed Plan organizers to create a series of brand logos for the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan. Below are logos for use with Roaring Fork Watershed Plan projects. For more information contact

NOTE: Click on logo to access PDF file.


Roaring Fork Watershed Plan, logo
Roaring Fork Watershed Plan At Work, logo
(To be used for Watershed Plan projects under construction or in progress.)
Roaring Fork Watershed Plan At Play, logo
(To be used for Watershed Plan projects and events that engage the community.)
Roaring Fork Watershed Plan Was Here, logo
(To be used for completed Watershed Plan projects. Banner can be updated to reflect project name.)


Colors (for main logo):

CMYK  50-43-50-10
RGB    129-126-117
Web    817E75


CMYK  57-0-10-0
RGB    91-201-225
Web    5BC9E1

CMYK  60-20-100-0
RGB    121-163-66
Web    79A342

CMYK  48-57-63-27
RGB    115-92-80
Web    735C50

Contact Us

Roaring Fork Conservancy

PHONE: (970) 927-1290

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

22800 Two Rivers Road
Basalt, CO 81621

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